Check Out Johnny Depp’s Whitey Bulger Transformation

Damn it feels good to be a gangster.

Johnny Depp, who is no longer missing and firmly shutting down rumors of marital strife with the heavy thump of a classic PR move, will next appear in September’s Black Mass. In the film, he plays Whitey Bulger, a famous Boston mafioso and FBI informant. Here’s your first look at him in character!

For a closer understanding of the transformation, here’s Johnny Depp in January 2015:

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And here he is as the infamous criminal:
The look is pretty impressive when you see the real blue-eyed, light-haired Bulger.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Depp researched the role heavily, watching surveillance tapes and studying FBI photos. People on set who knew Bulger were apparently chilled by the resemblance.